Staff Training to Manage Aggressive Resident Behaviors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43AG024675-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: AG024675
Amount: $246,943.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2005-2
Small Business Information
Oregon Center For Applied Science, Inc., 1839 Garden Ave, Eugene, OR, 97403
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (541) 342-7227
Business Contact
Phone: (541) 342-7227
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Nurse Aides regularly face assaults by confused or aggressive residents in long term care (LTC) facilities (OSHA, 2003). In response, the project proposed here will develop an innovative repeat visit interactive multimedia (IMM) program to train professional caregivers on how to prevent problem behaviors and how to safely and respectfully work with already-agitated or aggressive residents. Individualized skill based modules will consist of self-paced interactive tutorials built around realistic video modeling vignettes. The competency based instructional design will advance users when the material is understood, and will automatically provide reviews until content mastery is demonstrated. Summary printouts of content viewed and documentation of training progress (for supervisors) will be supplied at each visit. Program modules will present (1) a person centered approach for prevention of resident agitation and aggression, (2) advanced communication and management techniques for use with aggressive residents who are a threat to the safety of staff or other residents, (3) techniques for caregiver self-care after an incident has occurred and self-control at other times, and (4) general information on resident aggression, dementia-care, and related issues. The Phase I prototype, in Internet/CD-ROM format, will focus on prevention of aggressive behavior. It will be evaluated with a randomized trial. The fully developed Phase II product will include all four-program modules in Internet, CD-ROM, and VHS formats, and will be evaluated in a large-scale randomized trial.

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